Up until March of this year, I’d worked for the same hotel chain for nearly 8 years. In that time I’d seen a slew of initiatives and trainings that were dreamt up by corporate to keep everyone engaged and “with the times”. The values of innovation and excellence were shoved…


As I’ve mentioned in other stories, I was laid off from my job at a luxury hotel in late March. The lay off notice was for 60 days but we were told that our company was doing everything they could to lessen that time. When I went home that day…


If you’re like me, you love dogs and want one so badly. But in my small Toronto apartment with no yard, it is not practical. I decided to try fostering a rescue dog during the pandemic since I am home so much more often and thought it would be nice…


Like many other Canadians and Americans, I am on a temporary layoff with little hope of returning to my hospitality job. Job hunting during a pandemic could be considered an oxymoron. Why are we prioritizing employment over maintaining our physical and mental health? Because the economy seems to be moving…


RuPaul Charles is one of my heroes. I know this is controversial, but hear me out on this one. On their podcast, What’s The Tee, RuPaul and Michelle Visage repeatedly encourage struggling young people to build their tribe. Your tribe is typically not your family, unless you have a close…


If you live in a city, you probably have several doors between you and the outside world. There’s the door to your apartment, perhaps an elevator door or a door to the stairway, then the main door of your apartment building. People who live in the suburbs underestimate the power…


Just a few weeks ago I was sitting on a log, on a small, tucked away beach just off one of the popular trails in downtown Toronto. I was looking up at the sky and marveling at the world when I noticed a tinge of red in one of the…


Toronto was a ghost town in March and April. I went for a walk everyday but rarely went downtown. The walk I previously did to work every day seemed redundant so I chose to explore new areas and find more nature-y areas. One day, I decided to venture back downtown…


I haven’t worked since March. Every time I say those words or write them down, it feels unbelievable. It was definitely not the future I imagined for myself. I’m currently looking for new jobs and opportunities but also trying to figure out what I really want.

I did some soul…


I got home on Monday March 16th shortly after 10am. I had gone in to work, only to find out that 85% of the workforce at my hotel was being laid off due to the pandemic. …

Erin Marini

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